Thailand’s 50 Richest 2017: The Nation’s Wealthiest Rise Against The Odds

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Thailand’s economy expanded 3.3% in the first quarter of 2017, its highest rate in four years, largely on the back of improved farm production, increased consumer spending and a recovery in exports. The uptick spells good news for a nation under authoritarian rule that is observing a yearlong period of mourning for much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at his death the world’s longest-reigning monarch, who ruled over seven decades.

Despite the subdued sentiment, Thailand’s 50 richest are raking it in. They are worth $123.5 billion, up 16% since 2016, outperforming the stock market’s 12% rise in the past 12 months. More than two-thirds of the country’s 50 richest added to their wealth, with the top five notching up the biggest dollar gains.

Rank Name Net Worth Age
#1 Brothers Chearavanont $21.5 B
#2 Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi $15.4 B 73
#3 Chirathivat family $15.3 B
#4 Chalerm Yoovidhya $12.5 B 66
#5 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha $4.7 B 59
#6 Krit Ratanarak $3.9 B 71
#7 Vanich Chaiyawan $3.8 B 85
#8 Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth $2.6 B 84
#9 Santi Bhirombhakdi $2.3 B 71
#10 Aloke Lohia $1.75 B 58
#11 Thaksin Shinawatra $1.7 B 67
#12 Supaluck Umpujh $1.65 B 62
#13 Prayudh Mahagitsiri $1.62 B 71
#14 Rit Thirakomen $1.6 B 65
#15 William Heinecke $1.55 B 68
#16 Wichai Thongtang $1.5 B 70
#17 Chatri Sophonpanich $1.47 B 83
#18 Keeree Kanjanapas $1.43 B 66
#19 Chuchat & Daonapa Petaumpai $1.4 B 64
#20 Thongma Vijitpongpun $1.39 B 59
#21 Somphote Ahunai $1.37 B 50
#22 Isara Vongkusolkit $1.36 B 69
#23 Harald Link $1.2 B 62
#24 Osathanugrah Family $1.12 B
#25 Anant Asavabhokhin $1.11 B 66
#26 Phornthep Phornprapha $1.1 B 68
#27 Banthoon Lamsam $1.05 B 64
#28 Pete Bodharamik $1 B 44
#29 Praneetsilpa Vacharaphol $950 M 85
#30 Vichai Maleenont $890 M 97
#31 Chatchai Kaewbootta $870 M 65
#32 Sathien Setthasit $830 M 63
#33 Surang Prempree $820 M 74
#34 Pawat Vitoorapakorn $790 M 65
#35 Winai Teawsomboonkij $750 M 54
#36 Witoon Suriyawanakul $745 M 59
#37 Nishita Shah Federbush $730 M 37
#38 Boonchai Bencharongkul $710 M 63
#39 Kraisorn Chansiri $695 M 82
#40 Bancha Ongkosit $670 M 65
#41 Parphan Siriviriyakul $660 M 64
#42 Viriyahbhun family $630 M
#43 Chamroon Chinthammit $615 M 66
#44 Itthipat Peeradechapan $610 M 32
#45 Pongsak Viddayakorn $595 M 83
#46 Nutchamai Thanombooncharoen $590 M 55
#47 Siripong Rungrojkitiyos $585 M 66
#48 Gunkul Dhumrongpiyawut $510 M 62
#49 Vicha Poolvaraluck $465 M 53
#50 Chalerm Harnphanich $460 M 64